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Frugal innovation in medicine for low resource settings

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Medicine, July 2016
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Frugal innovation in medicine for low resource settings
Published in
BMC Medicine, July 2016
DOI 10.1186/s12916-016-0651-1
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Viet-Thi Tran, Philippe Ravaud


Whilst it is clear that technology is crucial to advance healthcare: innovation in medicine is not just about high-tech tools, new procedures or genome discoveries. In constrained environments, healthcare providers often create unexpected solutions to provide adequate healthcare to patients. These inexpensive but effective frugal innovations may be imperfect, but they have the power to ensure that health is within reach of everyone. Frugal innovations are not limited to low-resource settings: ingenuous ideas can be adapted to offer simpler and disruptive alternatives to usual care all around the world, representing the concept of "reverse innovation". In this article, we discuss the different types of frugal innovations, illustrated with examples from the literature, and argue for the need to give voice to this neglected type of innovation in medicine.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
South Africa 1 1%
Unknown 90 99%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 19 21%
Student > Ph. D. Student 14 15%
Other 11 12%
Researcher 9 10%
Unspecified 9 10%
Other 29 32%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 19 21%
Business, Management and Accounting 18 20%
Unspecified 13 14%
Engineering 12 13%
Nursing and Health Professions 11 12%
Other 18 20%

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